As the Tarleton Texans continue to win, more people across the nation are starting to notice.
Tarleton is certainly on everyone's radar now, after climbing to No. 8 in the weekly American Football Coaches Association top 25 poll.
The Texans moved up two spots after cracking the top 10 last week.
Tarleton won on the road at Eastern New Mexico Saturday, 40-10. That, paired with losses by then No. 5 Delta State and then No. 7 Catawba, resulted in the Texans movement in the poll.
West Texas A&M is still the highest-ranked team from the Lone Star Conference at No. 5.
Chadron State remains No. 3, best among schools in the Southwest Region.
LSC members Abilene Christian (No. 21) and Midwestern State (No. 23) give the conference four members in the top 25, tying the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for most in the nation among conferences.
Other teams from the Southwest region in the poll include No. 18 Mesa State and No. 19 Pittsburg State.
Tarleton (8-0) was not ranked in the top 25 to begin the season, but moved into the poll after defeating East Central and Division I-FCS member Stephen F. Austin in the first two weeks.
The Texans cracked the top 20 after their win over Southeastern Oklahoma State, and moved up steadily in the six polls since then.
Tarleton is closing in on a school record for wins in a season since joining the NCAA.
The 2001 Texans were 10-3 and advanced to the national quarterfinals before being eliminated by UC-Davis.
No Tarleton team has won 11 games since 1990 when the team made the NAIA playoffs.
Needing two wins to match the NCAA mark, Tarleton has Abilene Christian, Angelo State and West Texas A&M remaining on the regular season slate.
The Texans host ACU at 2 p.m. Saturday in Tarleton's annual homecoming game.
Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.